Full head of fresh new locks

Wonderful 2 days installing these locks. We were moored in a peaceful place, where we could fully appreciate the nature surrounding the canal. The weather was perfect, sunny and warm, allowing us to have the french doors open, letting the outside come inside. The lovely lady you see in the photos is in fact from my tribe or community if you like, and having now known her for a while, I was aware of the significance of having these locks. I feel it’s important to mark such events of change in oneself with memories that can be favoured for a lifetime. I do this with food and this occasion was no exception. I thoroughly enjoyed sharing time with this lovely lady, installing her locks and preparing fresh lunches to celebrate the start of her journey. We laughed, listened to music, shared mind expanding theories and philosophies and became friends.

Wonderful to be back locking

May 2021, first month back since shutting up October 2020, and what a wonderful first month. Appointments began with the priority waiting list made up of fellas from my tribe, fellas who I have known for time, where our life paths cross and run parallel in many ways. A wonderful treat to spend time with each one, lots to catch up on and make future plans with. A wonderful few weeks return.

The locking diary remains fully booked till the end of August, September has limited availability and I’m already taking bookings for October. So grateful.

News and updates

We’ve started our slow cruise to the east end of the Kennet & Avon, we’re presently moored at the gateway of the ancient and mystical lands of Wiltshire. Leaving here Sunday, destination West Berkshire, mooring at a couple of locations between Hungerford and Newbury.  I will update our locations on the Contacts page.

Wednesday 12th May is our official re-open day and the locking diary is now fully booked till the end of August.  Already taking bookings for September, so anyone wishing to have maintenance or would like fresh locks, please get in touch sooner rather than later to arrange bookings.

As of September, I will be adding another day to the locking diary.  Appointments will be available for Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

 

Learn how to tidy up your locks yourself

Svatantra (sva – one’s self, tantra – reliance), is the Sanskrit word for independance.

As a spiritual devotee, it is a responsibility to encourage and guide my students to become self-reliant. As the locking and having locked hair is a spiritual process, then I regard this the same.

Anyone wishing to learn how to tidy up their own locks, please let me know when booking a maintenance appointment. As I tidy your locks, I will share my skills, as part of your special day with us.

We’re travelling again, happy days

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This was home for the last lockdown, today we got back to cruising, will slowly be heading to The Thames, cruising through Great Bedwyn, Hungerford, Newbury and Reading.    We are grateful that we got to stay here for so long, a peaceful place with healing vibrations, a place where we could connect internally and connect with nature. We need to be in Reading Berkshire for July.  We’ll have a short stay in Reading before heading back on to the Kennet & Avon Canal, I estimate that we’ll be East of the Kennet & Avon Canal, up until about September, (Reading – Newbury – Hungerford – Great Bedwyn).  Anyone wishing to book for locks maintenance or installing fresh locks and would like to take advantage of Berkshire and West Berkshire locations, please get in touch as soon as possible.

Visits from woodland critters

 

One of the magical privileges living earth way, is when we get critters visiting our home. Problem is they don’t stay still long enough to get a photo.  Anyway here are three visitors I managed to catch with the camera.  First pic was a domestic duck gone feral, she stayed close by for several weeks, often helping herself up the gang plank. The second a beautiful bumble bee and third a baby rabbit, both safely caught and released.
 
Obviously we are surrounded by wildlife and on privileged occasions, we get to witness them wandering by.  Deer, fox and water vole are frequent, many birds, especially kingfisher, owls, woodpeckers, cranes and cuckoos.  A special treat, later in the day, we have otters swimming and frolicking about the boat, only had a glimpse of them tho.  
 
These are just some of the wonders travelling the waterways, I love this life.

Our dreadlock services now cover, Berkshire, Wiltshire and Somerset

We are travellers, living on a widebeam canal boat.  Since 2018 we have been cruising the Kennet & Avon Canal between Reading Berkshire and Bristol Somerset.  During that time we’ve had many visitors from far and wide, requiring lock maintenance or wanting fresh locks installed, we are grateful to each and everyone for their trust and friendships.

How and why anyone chooses to lock their hair is a personal choice.  However, if one chooses to come to us to have their hair locked, then please note, we won’t get involved with any extending or filling methods of locking, be it synthetic or human hair.  However, should one of your locks break away, as long as the lock is your hair, I am happy to re-attach it.  Please understand, we regard that locking hair is a spiritual process, extending or filling methods, using synthetic or human hair, contradicts Dharma ~ the virtue that supports our spiritual commitments.  I would like to add that the human Hair Extension Industry, is not ethically regulated in protecting adults and children from human exploitation.  For more information please check out my blog post ‘Hair Extension Industry – Human Exploitation

We use the crochet method of locking, we do not use rubber bands, waxes or any fixing agents, everything is natural and has to be your own hair.

We lock up all hair types using the above method.

I can also give maintenance, repair and rescue to locks in any condition, I’ve seen it all, nothing is too much trouble.  So please trust me and bring to me your natty messes.

We have chosen to live, as best we can, within the earthway cycle of the lands that are our home.  Not only the area we are living in at the moment do we consider our home, we consider the entire island to be our home and so we travel the waterways, within the limits of our boat, so that we can experience this beautiful, fertile and historically ancient land.

We’re also keen, on learning more about ancient cultures, especially as ancient cultures from all over the globe, would have been worlds apart but spiritually similar; take for example, historically, the locking of hair, something that ancient cultures around the world, have done. There is also the simplicity of ancient lives, their relationship with nature and the responsibility of their existence, which attracts and inspires us to be responsible for our existence, for us to cultivate a deep relationship with nature and to live simply.

We struggle with society, the materialism, the sensory overload, and the afflictions of choice and convenience.   Plus, we’re conscious of our impact on the ecology of the miracle of this planet, and so we decided to step away from urban living and live a more isolated, self reliant and off grid lifestyle.  Our home is approximately 80% self sustaining and we’re about 95% off grid.  However, there is always room for improvement, so when we can do better, we will do better.

As I already mentioned, we are interested and inspired by ancient cultures.  My partner is experienced in Eastern traditions and practices, he is experienced in and has a keen interest in the cultures of The First Nations People of North America and he is interested in finding out more about the original ancient tribes, (pre Roman) that existed here in United Kingdom.

I’ve been practicing Yoga since around about 2002 and in 2014, began taking a deeper path through Yoga, studying its ancient psychology through Sanskrit text.  This study has lead me toward Transcendental Psychology which is a self-enquiry into Consciousness.  In October 2021, I begin a 3 year academic course, in Bristol, to study Psychotherapeutic Counselling.

Between ourselves, our home and the nature around us, we offer a place of peace and healing to those who are seeking to have their hair lock-up.

Opening Wednesday 12th May 2021

We already have a priority bookings waiting list, which we will honour first. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please email or message me.

Covid precautions, wearing a mask and hand sanitation will continue for the foreseeable future. We will supply everyone with a fresh mask, before entering our home.

For updates of where we are located please check out the Contact page.

Stay safe and please keep others safe.

We are temporarily closed due to increase of COVID-19 infections.

I would like to begin this blog entry with many thanks to those who are supporting our decision, during these unprecedented times, to close our services for the second time,

It is with heavy heart, that I have decided to shut down JātaDreads with immediate effect. Due to the rise in new infections and now more people are having to go to hospital, I feel it is my responsibility to be a part of the solution to this situation and help stop the further spread of COVID-19. Should humanity collectively act with compassion towards each other and effectively adapt to the necessary changes required to dramatically decrease the spread of the virus, then, I will consider re-opening JātaDreads.

In the meantime, my advice to you is to learn how to lock your own hair, and become self-sufficient in your quest towards self expression. Cultivating self-sufficiency, ie independent discipline, is a fundamental step that gives rise to integrity in the true essence of spiritual devotion.

We wish you all well and please act safely.

Anna-Marie and Philip